Tributes pour in from charities in wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death

Tributes have poured in from charities across the country after the announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s death yesterday (8 September 2022).

The Queen acted as a Patron to more than 600 charities and organisations across the UK and Commonwealth, including household names such as Action for Children, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the RSPCA.

“Everyone connected with NCVO is deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen. We offer our sympathy, thoughts and best wishes to members of the Royal Family," the NCVO said.

The organisation's chair of the board, Priya Singh, remembered the Queen as an ‘inspiration’.
“It is an immense source of pride for us as an organisation to have had Her Majesty The Queen serve as our Royal Patron since her ascension to the throne. We fondly remember The Queen marking our centenary in 2019 by hosting a reception at Windsor Castle to recognise volunteers and voluntary action in the UK.

“We celebrate Her Majesty’s service to UK civil society and are incredibly thankful for the support she offered to charities and volunteering throughout her lifetime. Our thoughts are with all charities for whom The Queen served as Royal Patron, and with the countless organisations, communities, and individuals whose lives she touched.

“The Queen was a truly global figure whose leadership will be sorely missed. She was an inspiration to many throughout her record breaking reign. Her Majesty’s lifelong devotion to service and duty is a legacy which will continue to live on in the many millions of charities and volunteers dedicated to supporting communities across the UK and around the world.”

Jane Ide, CEO of ACEVO, posted her condolences on twitter on behalf of the organisation, highlighting the ‘exemplary support’ the Queen gave to the sector.

Meanwhile, Matt Stringer, CEO of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), of whom the Queen was a patron, said:  “We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.   

“Her Majesty became RNIB’s Patron upon her accession to the throne in 1952 and during this time made a tremendous contribution to our work. Her Majesty was a passionate advocate for the rights of blind and partially sighted people and generously hosted many receptions on behalf of our organisation.   

“We are immensely grateful for Her Majesty’s longstanding support which has made such a difference to the lives of people with sight loss across the UK. 
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the Royal Family and everyone who has been affected by this sad news.” 

Mark Russell, chief executive of The Children’s Society, cited the influence she had across the world.

Stuart Shilson, the Prior of the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John said:
“The Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John and all volunteers and staff at St John Ambulance are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen today.

“Her Majesty became Sovereign Head of the Order of St John upon her accession in 1952 and has been a great supporter of our work. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

“Details of the funeral and the major activities leading up to it, are expected to be made to the nation, and indeed around the world, in the near future.

“I am humbled that St John has the honour and privilege of providing first aid services throughout this significant event and will also be represented at the funeral ceremony. More information about this will be available shortly.”

This article will be updated as we receive more tributes.

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